Magnolia back on track as NorthPort free fall continues

Delfin Dioquino
Magnolia back on track as NorthPort free fall continues
The Hotshots return to the playoff picture after limiting the Batang Pier to a franchise-low mark

MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia clamped NorthPort down in the payoff period to get back on track in the playoff race following a 103-90 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday, March 20.

Trailing for much of the middle quarters, the Hotshots limited the Batang Pier to a franchise-low 8 fourth-quarter points while dropping 27 to return to the playoff picture at 7th place behind a 4-5 record. 

Paul Lee was at the forefront of Magnolia’s attack, finishing with 24 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds off the bench as 5 of his teammates breached double figures. 

Ian Sangalang put up 20 points and 2 blocks, Rondey Brondial added 14 points while Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon and Justin Melton each had 11 points and conjoined for 17 rebounds, 12 assists and 8 steals in the win. 

The Batang Pier entered the final frame with an 82-76 lead but that quickly vanished as the Hotshots scored 8 unanswered points – sparked and capped by triples from Lee and Melton – to gain an 85-82 advantage. 

NorthPort remained within striking distance midway through the 4th, 90-93, only to witness Magnolia score 7 straight points that ended with another Melton triple. 

Sean Anthony finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals for the Batang Pier, who have now lost their sixth straight after winning their first two outings. 

Mo Tautuaa delivered a double-double of 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists while Stanley Pringle had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the loss. 

The Scores

Magnolia 103 – Lee 24, Sangalang 20, Brondial 14, Jalalon 11, Barroca 11, Melton 11, Dela Rosa 5, Reavis 5, Herndon 2, Pascual 0.

Northport 90 – Anthony 22, Tautuaa 19, Pringle 15, Grey 14, Lanete 8, Guinto 4, Elorde 3, Bolick 3, Taha 2, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.

Quarters: 33-25, 53-59, 76-82, 103-90.


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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.